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Karen Whittier

In short: Founder and Chief Activist for the online business Embrace Activism. Committed and passionate about improving health and wellness. Creator of purpose-driven yoga. After participating in several breast cancer fundraising events, my twin passions of fighting breast cancer and a commi...

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12/13/2010 01:06am
Change Cancer Fate

Colorectal cancer or colon cancer affects both men and women and is the second leading cause of death in the US. Colorectal cancer is one of the most treatable and curable forms of cancer there is. Early detection saves lives. Sadly, information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cite 40% of adults in the target age range (50 years or older) have never had appropriate screening. The American Cancer Society lists several strategies* for reducing your risk of cancer. Having regular check-ups and cancer-screening tests is one of the suggested ways to take more control of your health.

Regular screenings are recommended for men and women age 50 years or older. That age benchmark may be lower if there’s a family history of colon cancer or you have risk factors. Also the frequency of screenings is dependent on your personal history and/or screening results. Check for colorectal cancer risk factors on the CDC or ACS website (links below).

It's worth repeating: Early detection saves lives. Screening for colorectal cancer requires more preparation and can be more invasive than say a mammogram, but if found early and treated, there’s a 90% five year survival rate. Be proactive by doing all you can to minimize your chance of developing cancer and add more anti-cancer insurance by having the appropriate check-ups and screening tests

Another American Cancer Society strategy for lowering your risk for cancer is to get moving with regular physical activity. Yoga can fulfill this requirement. One of the obstacles for maintaining an exercise program is accessibility. Not only is there a style of yoga available for everyone and every body type, it can be practiced in yoga studios, gyms, homes, schools and offices. Yoga addresses the whole individual imparting benefits for body, mind and spirit. Yoga asanas or postures can be categorized by type. One type that’s particularly good for the digestive tract is Twists. The benefits from twists include:
1. Toning and stimulating the intestines which aids in
elimination; and
2. Its “squeeze and soak” action wringing out toxins
and then flooding the abdominal organs with blood
as the twist is released.

* Take control of your health and reduce your cancer risk from the American Cancer Society:
1. Stay away from tobacco
2. Stay at a healthy weight
3. Get moving with regular physical activity
4. Eat healthy with plenty of fruits and vegetables
5. Limit how much alcohol you drink (if you drink at
6. Protect your skin
7. Know yourself, your family history, and your risks
8. Have regular check-ups and cancer screening tests.

Health, Wellness & CURES!!
Karen Whittier



colorectal, cancer, yoga, health, survival, screening test
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